Hair Consultations!

Today we are talking consultations at Afrotility….. What are they? Do they really matter and what exactly should they accomplish? Basically a consultation is the process of discussing your hair needs, goals and objectives with your stylist/ hairdresser in order to receive objective advice and assistance so that your hair goals are achieved. Hair goals!!! What are those? If you don’t already know there will be a post on that soon.

So we have looked at what a consultation is the next question is Does it matter?

To answer that think of how many times you’ve heard ” I’m never going back to her again! Crazy woman/ man didn’t do what I wanted! I hate my hair, it’s not what the picture I showed her or pointed to looked like!”   Or perhaps you’ve heard it said…..”she/he didn’t tell me it would look like this! My hair is messed up!” How about ” I felt too embarrassed to say anything or ask what she was spraying onto my hair after I told her it was stinging”.

I hope you now understand that as a paying client your stylist must give you advice and information regarding what she/he is using in your hair. What it will do for the hair and whether the style you want will work for your particular hair texture, face shape and lifestyle. ( Think of people with weaves and braids left unwashed for weeks or months simply because they don’t know how to wash their hair with those styles in? Or worse still they’ve been told not to! Totally an unhealthy hair practice)They must welcome your questions and you must not feel like an irritation. If you are made to feel that way do you not think its time to find a new stylist?  If the above is true of adults then how much more so is it for children? You need to know the pros and cons of whatever a stylist is using on your childrens hair and ESPECIALLY the effects of the style you ALL ( stylist,adult,child) decide on.

Questions to ask:

Does the style agree with hair texture and health of hair? Tree braid weave/African queen and micro braids  are never a good idea for weak or fragile hairlines. A weave with a leave out on natural hair will lead to heat damage on the strands left out,especially if your hair texture is fine. ( relaxing the leave out is bad practise)

How long will it take to do? ( most kids want it to take five minutes, so think,what effect will having to sit for 4 hours with 5 people tugging at her hair have on a young child?)

How should it be maintained at home? How often should you spray your hair? What kinds of sprays should you use? Oil based sprays on glued in weaves will compromise the glue and on braids it can lead to quicker gunk build up

How long can it safely be kept it? Braids worn for longer than 6 weeks should have a hairline touch up to avoid stress on hair as it grows and the weight of the braid becomes a source trauma. If your hair has a fine texture and locs easily then you may want to avoid having small braids installed and leaving them in for too long…..

I hope the above has helped. It’s been a long post however, this is an area sorely missing from afro hair care. Afrotility’s goal is to instill in the next generation of Afrohaired beauties that consultations are standard BEFORE anyone is let loose on their crowning glory. Remember you and your stylist should be a team working towards achieving your hair goals TOGETHER.

Please do let me know your thoughts on the subject. Share your experiences and suggest other issues you feel you would like discussed during consultations……happy afro loving

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Shampooing afro textured hair 1

The subject of shampooing natural afro hair is a touchy one. There is the No-poo (no shampoo)  camp and the co- wash (conditioner wash) camp and then there is the ACV and baking soda camp. I’m being simplistic I’m sure I’ve left out some camp or other. Then there is the vast majority that buy whatever is on offer or go along with whatever the salon or stylist uses.

Shampooing hair is essential to hair and scalp health so getting it right will make a huge difference to how your hair looks, feels and grows.  There are loads of shampoos available but the vast majority are not ideal for afro textured hair. This is because they tend to contain ingredients that strip our hair of its natural oils.

So the best way to get the most out of shampooing is to use products that are not laden with sulfates. Remember though that if your particular hair does not mind what you use to wash it then don’t fix what is not broken. Afro hair covers a wide range if textures that respond differently to products and no one can claim to have the best shampoo for black hair. Learn to understand your hair and indeed the hair of the kids in your life. You may want to use these simple questions…..

1) How does my hair feel with this shampoo applied

2) How does it look and feel after rinsing

Hair should not feel brittle or rough nor should it feel squeaky clean as that probably means it’s washed away your natural oils.

Before applying shampoo spray hair lightly in order to finger comb/ detangle it as you don’t want your hair getting knotted. I find parting it into sections helps especially with my young clients. Dampen hair and pour shampoo into your palms,rub together and then apply to hair. Massage the scalp and hair gently! Vigorous scrubbing leads to pulling, breakage and possible scalp irritation. Not good memories if you’re washing a child’s hair. Rinse hair thoroughly to get rid of all traces of shampoo. Apply conditioner and then do a thorough detangle of the hair whilst it has conditioner in it…..if you haven’t why not check out the Detangling Afro hair post. Let me know what your thought are. Do you use shampoo? If so what sort. Do you check the ingredients on your shampoos? How do you currently wash your hair or the hair of the kids in your life and finally if you take them to a stylist do you discuss what shampoo they will be using on your child’s hair?